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After Centuries of Plunder, the West Shows 'Concern' for Chinese Human Rights


With the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, Beijing is at its angriest. This article by an overseas Chinese named Dai Yan for China's state-run Global Times lays bare China's angst over centuries of abuse at the hands of the Western powers, and the indignance many Chinese feel toward the Nobel Peace Prize Committee.


By Dai Yan [岱岩]*


Translated By Sarah Chan


December 15, 2010


People's Republic of China - Global Times - Original Article (Chinese)

Liu Xiaobo, winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.  

BBC NEWS AUDIO: China slams Nobel Peace Prize 'obscenity', Oct. 9, 00:07:42RealVideo

In Oslo City Hall in Norway, on December 10, as though they were having mercy on him, a group of smartly dressed White men with legs arrogantly crossed presented a Chinese criminal, Liu Xiaobo, with the Nobel Peace Prize. The strong opposition of the Chinese people seems to have strengthened the Nobel Committee's sense of superiority, which likely fancy itself the "saviors" of 1.3 billion "uncivilized Chinese." The chairman of the Nobel Committee claimed that Liu "became the very symbol, both in China and internationally, of the struggle for such [human] rights in China." The audience responded with a long period of applause.


But the question must be asked: do politicians in Norway, and the Western powers behind them, really care about human rights in China?


Anyone with a little political common sense knows that human rights mean, first and foremost, the human right of survival and development. As our ancestors once said, "those who are well fed, are well bred." When people have no guarantee of survival, how can one talk about human rights! Why not take a look at what "good things" Westerners have done to the livelihoods and development of people over the past two centuries!



One hundred seventy years ago, just as China's Qing Dynasty was in decline and the people were destitute, the Western powers didn't offer charity, but boatloads of opium, poisoning countless Chinese and making their country the "sick man of Asia." One hundred fifty years ago, based in the accounts of French writer Victor Hugo, two bandits named "France" and "England" broke into Yuan Ming Yuan [Summer Palace], one looting it and the other setting it alight, destroying many of China's greatest cultural treasures and scattering them across the world. One hundred years ago, the Eight-Nation Alliance led by Europe and the United States attacked Beijing. They killed, pillaged and burned, and even the watchtower of Qianmen was half blown up. Seventy years ago, the cruel Japanese army was rampant in China, marking a new extreme in China's history of invasion. This was China's most tragic century - the darkest hundred years in the long history of China's people. The influence the superpowers had on China during this period was unprecedented. They have had plenty of opportunities to improve China's human rights situation. But what did they do? Whether from Western literature or Japanese, how many stories can they cite that show how they have helped achieve human rights in China?


The seat of honor at the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize goes

empty, as China refuses to allow democracy activist and dissident

Liu Xiaobo to attend the award ceremony in Oslo. Click photo or

click here to watch BBC coverage.



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Financial Times Deutschland, Germany: A Nobel About More than Intentions    

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Since China embarked on the road to reform and opening up 30 years ago, contrary to the dark days of the past, the livelihoods and development of China's people have improved like never before. And as the lives of common people have improved, some Westerners have suddenly "grown a conscience" and taken a keen interest in Chinese human rights.


But what kind of human rights do they want? If we take a look at who they awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to, perhaps the answer will become clearer.


At the White House in 2008, President George Bush meets one of Mainland China's most wanted: Uyghur activist Rebiya Kadeer.


CCTV NEWS, China: Rebiya Kadeer arrives for the Melbourne International Film Festival and the screening of the film of her life entitled, '10 Conditions of Love,' Aug. 8, 2009, 00:04:49RealVideo

The Dalai Lama, a traitor to the motherland and a splittist who fled in panic and triggered serious bloodshed in Lhasa in March of 1989 and 2008, received the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize. Another such traitor is Liu Xiaobo. His academic background and political experience is complicated, but he has repeatedly claimed that "China should be colonized for 300 years." In which colony have the people ever really had human rights? In addition, the leader of the Xinjiang July 5th Riot, Rebiya Kadeer, has also been listed as a Nobel Peace Prize candidate. We would like to know, what does this have to do with a peace prize and human rights? In addition to encouraging resistance against the current Chinese regime and chaos in China, what can they implant in Chinese society?



[Editor's Note: Liu Xiaobo comment on the length of time it would take for China to realize a 'true historical transformation' was: "It would take 300 years of colonialism. In 100 years of colonialism, Hong Kong has changed to what we see today. With China being so big, of course it would require 300 years as a colony for it to be able to transform into how Hong Kong is today. I have my doubts as to whether 300 years would be enough."'


We don't deny that China has had its problems trotting along the road to development. But the Chinese nation has always had a tolerant and all-embracing attitude. We welcome sincere help, and never refuse constructive criticism. But as far as the "concern" reflected by this Nobel Peace Prize - forget about it.


*Dai Yan [岱岩] is a Chinese living in Europe


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